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Mark Harper

Partner  |  Hughes Fowler Carruthers

England and Wales


Asset protection
Family law


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Acting for Torstein Hagen, the founder of Viking Cruises for three and a half years, up to a 15-day trial involving Family and Chancery QCs and over eight parties, five of whom were represented at trial. The case involved an attack on the business held in a Cayman trust. The case was settled on favourable terms after the wife finished giving evidence on day eight of day 15.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Be aware of international legal issues and understand each client's cultural background and mindset. That helps avoid misunderstandings or losing pitches for new business.

What is your favourite quote?

“Divorce lawyers are like prostitutes – they will do anything and argue anything they are paid to do!”